Don’t relax… the deadline isn’t too far away
As many HR professionals are drowning in Brexit related admin, it would be easy to drop the ball when it comes to Gender Pay Reporting. Still a few month’s away and more familiar now that we are approaching the second year of reporting but don’t relax too much….
Lessons learnt from Year 1
Think back to last year. Were you one of the 28% of employers who claimed it was ‘easy’ or ‘very easy’ to gather their data to produce the 2018 calculations? If so, it might be worth checking your methodology as this was not the norm! Did you leave it until the last minute to publish your results? You weren’t alone if you did – almost half of all employers published their reports in the last week before the deadline.
If you haven’t already produced your latest gender pay report, we recommend taking some time before the end of January to complete our five essential tasks to avoid a last minute panic.
Five essential tasks
If the numbers haven’t improved, or if they have taken a downwards turn, think carefully about why this is the case and how you want to communicate that message to your workforce and the public at large. Have you compared your figures to national averages (or industry sector competitors)? Can you cut the figures in a different way to shed some (ideally, positive) light on the results (i.e. across a group of employers, part-timers and full-timers, specific departments, etc)?
Although the Government has recently rejected calls for narratives and action plans to become a mandatory gender pay requirement, we would still recommend that employers produce them on a voluntary basis. Many studies now show that they have a very positive effect on recruitment and employee relations.
At this point in the year, the choice over timing is becoming very limited. However, whenever you are set to publish your report make sure that your internal and external communications are also prepared and ready to roll out. As more employers are starting to publish their 2019 reports, we have seen the press ready to pounce on figures that have shown a downturn. Be ready to face the music…..